Cropping of digital x-rays can lead to 'collimation creep'
June 24, 2019 -- Research from the U.K. and the United Arab Emirates suggests that the effort to produce "prettier" x-ray images can lead to "collimation creep" as radiographers crop digital radiography images rather than use more appropriate collimation settings. The article was published in the June edition of the Journal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences.  Discuss
Londoners cut phone interruptions over head CT scans
June 18, 2019 -- Researchers from a top London facility have implemented a novel protocol to remove radiologist vetting of acute head CT exams in adults. This led to a marked and sustained reduction in the number of phone interruptions to the on-call radiologist, without increasing scanning numbers, they noted.  Discuss
Video from UKIO 2019: Giles Maskell on conflict
June 12, 2019 -- LIVERPOOL, U.K. - Perfect harmony doesn't always prevail in a radiology department. Dr. Giles Maskell, immediate past president of the Royal College of Radiologists, spoke at the UK Imaging & Oncology Congress (UKIO) about managing differences within a team. We asked him how he keeps the peace in his own hospital.  Discuss
Instability leads to serious ultrasound skills shortage in U.K.
June 11, 2019 -- Continuous personnel changes are a major factor behind the serious shortage of ultrasound staff in the National Health Service, a situation that has resulted in increased diagnostic delays and canceling of operations, according to research presented this week at the UK Imaging & Oncology Congress (UKIO) in Liverpool, U.K.  Discuss
Video from UKIO 2019: Erika Denton on turnaround times
June 10, 2019 -- LIVERPOOL, U.K. - Pressure to improve turnaround times for image reporting continues to grow. Nearly a year since a damning report from the U.K. regulator, progress is being made on establishing national standards and avoiding further backlogs of unreported scans, said Prof. Erika Denton at this week's UK Imaging & Oncology Congress (UKIO).  Discuss
Shortage of radiologists puts lives at risk, U.K. report finds
April 3, 2019 -- New figures reveal the continuing shortage of radiologists in the U.K. is putting patients at risk and driving massive rises in outsourcing costs for the National Health Service (NHS). The NHS does not have enough radiologists to keep patients safe, according to 75% of hospital imaging bosses.  Discuss
New report finds serious shortage of oncologists in U.K.
March 20, 2019 -- A comprehensive survey by the Royal College of Radiologists has highlighted the scale of the ongoing shortage of oncology staff in the U.K. Its annual census of 62 major cancer centers found more than 7.5% of consultant posts were vacant, and services are maintained only by large amounts of overtime.  Discuss
Top 5 trends from ECR 2019 in Vienna
March 5, 2019 -- The giant octopus in the registration area, the impressive model of Poseidon in the opening ceremony, and the host of other aquatic images from ECR 2019 looked stunning on social media, but what were the longer-lasting impressions and substantive issues to take away from this year's congress in Vienna? Our editorial team has compiled a list of the five main trends.  Discuss
Video from ECR 2019: Claudia Weidekamm on life in New Zealand
March 4, 2019 -- VIENNA - Ever wondered what it's like working Down Under? Three years ago, musculoskeletal radiologist Dr. Claudia Weidekamm made the switch from the Medical University of Vienna to TRG Imaging in New Zealand. She describes why she took an extended sabbatical and what differences she noticed working in two very different healthcare systems and cultures.  Discuss
Imaging analytics platform optimizes MRI operations
March 2, 2019 -- VIENNA - The combination of an imaging analytics platform and lean management concepts can deliver substantial improvements in MRI department operational efficiency without affecting the quality of care, researchers reported at ECR 2019.  Discuss